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Ashanti

Ashanti

The Asante Twi Language

The Asante Twi language is a language spoken by people of the Asante Region and is a dialect of people from the Brong Ahafo , Kete krakye , Gyaaman, Sahwi ,Twiforo, Wasa, Asen, Dankyira, Adanse, Akyem Abuakwa, Akyem Kotoku, Akyem Bosome, Kwahu and New Juaben.

ALPHABETS

The Asante- Twi language has twenty two alphabets unlike the English language alphabet which numbers twenty-six .The alphabets are as follows: a, b, d, e, 1, f, g, h, I ,k, l, m, n, o, ɛ, p, r, s, t, u, w,y Out of the twenty-two alphabets, seven namely a, e, I, o, u, ɔ,ɛ are classified as vowels whilst the remaining fifteen namely b, d, f, g, h, k, l, m, n, p ,r, s, t, w, y are consonants. It is interesting to note that apart from the twenty two single alphabets above, the Asante Twi language boasts of ten diagraphs which are a combination of two alphabets forming one sound.

They are as :follows: dw, gy, tw, ky, kw, ny, nw, hy, ng, hw. From the above it can be said that the difference between the two languages (English and Asante Twi) in terms of the alphabets is that the Asante- Twi language does not embody the following alphabets which can be found in the English language: c, j, q, v, x, z . On the other hand the English Language Alphabet is exclusive of the alphabet ɔ and ɛ which can be found in the Asante Twi Language..

DAYS OF THE WEEK
Dwoada - Monday
Benada - Tuesday
Wukuada - Wednesday
Yawoada - Thursday
Fiada - Friday
Memeneda - Saturday
Kwasiada - Sunday

Simple Greetings

Greetings Response
Twi English Twi English
Mema wo akye Good morning Yaa agya/ɛna/ɔba Good morning
Mema wo aha Good afternoon Yaa agya/ɛna/ɔba Good afternoon
Mema wo adwo Good evening Yaa agya/ɛna/ɔba Good evening
Da yio ooooooo Good night Yoo Good night
Mema wo hyɛ den Bereavement Yoo Bereavement
Wo tiri nkwa Childbirth Me tiri da ase Childbirth
Adwuma-adwuma Work Adwuma yɛ Work